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Charlie Helps and Co originally set out to meet the mounting demand for accomplished corporate governance expertise, experience, and capability in strategy, leadership, governance, quality, value, and sustainability…

… we now provide these services to a Charlie Helps and Co’s wide range of clients.

But the endless procession of corporate disasters, value-destruction, and floundering business models is inescapable in global news headlines.

Worryingly, many if not most corporations that are in challenging times, have “good” governance track records and ‘GRC’ ratings. No amount of reported compliance with governance codes or the endless espousing (and reporting) of sustainable, equitable, ethical values will prevent these disasters and travesties.

What we find repeatedly is that despite “great” governance, risk, and compliance, what clients need most is professional support in a combination of leadership, corporate behaviour [governance], decision-making, culture, value-creation, and long-term sustainability.

This did not surprise us as we’ve been testing and perfecting a powerful set of solutions and services to help our clients address these staples.

So how and why are corporations and other structured organisations finding their plotted courses practically impossible to steer?

We shed some light on this question and other hot topics in the Charlie Helps and Co blog.

Charlie Helps FRSA

Charlie Helps FRSA

Founder and CEO

Charlie is a seasoned director, corporate secretary, coach, and professional adviser to chairs and CEOs, directors, boards, teams, and individual clients.

Charlie provides strategic development and coaching to the boards of many public and private sector clients on key corporate, governance and commercial issues with a focus on stewardship and leadership in the Boardroom—maximising the “tone at the top”—to affect corporate culture, performance, and stakeholder value creation.

Charlie’s clients rely on him interchangeably as consultant, adviser, critical friend, or coach, depending on their own needs and preferences.

Clients draw on Charlie’s extensive experience and keen insight gained in complex scenarios in the private, public, Parliamentary, military, and third sectors spanning four decades. Clients quickly discover that Charlie has a highly-developed ability to understand them, their needs, and circumstances, and to translate that understanding into effective strategies for enhanced performance.

When working with Charlie, clients accelerate the achievement of their aims, objectives, personal and corporate performance, quality, and value by maximising their strengths, leadership, and personal mastery.

In addition to his own coaching and consultancy business, Charlie is co-founder and director of Governance.L!VE which will host many of the world’s leading thought leaders in corporate governance in a series of four symposia in October 2017.

Charlie is Principal Consultant to Fulcrum Leaders, the consulting arm of the pre-eminent Fulcrum Group think-tank, and is an original member of the Finegreen Group Board Capability Division. Additionally, he is a member of the Tutu Foundation Health Advisory Board. He recently completed a stay as PhD tutor for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) course at the University of Northampton Business School, and is a

His voluntary and pro bono work includes acting as a member of the Advisory Council of Women in Marketing, a charity established to further the career and life aspirations of women and minority groups in the marketing industry, serving on the Advisory Board of the UK Social Value Portal, and is Trustee of a sports charity, providing opportunities for enjoying sport to people who would otherwise not have the chance.

Foundations of Good Governance: A Compendium of Best Practice

Charlie Helps: Co-author

Published by NHS Providers, October 2015

A widely adopted compendium of governance best practice. The compendium is intended to provide good and best practice examples of a wide range of documents needed to provide an infrastructure for good governance. It also includes guidance and advice on a range of governance issues.

Core Values for 21st Century Business Success

Charlie Helps: Guest Author

The Corporate Report Vol 5, Issue 3, Juta, RSA, December 2015

This article, commissioned for The Corporate Report by Professor Judge Mervyn E King, SC, speaks about the threats to business survival in the 21st Century, not only from the megatrends we are all familiar with, but also from the unsustainable business models still being perpetuated by big and small corporations globally.

Social Value and Intangibles Review

Charlie Helps: Managing Editor

Published by the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise, and Governance – University of Northampton, April 5, 2016

100 pages in multiple languages ISSN 2398-3957

Click the icon to read the journal online.

Guardians of Governance

Charlie Helps: Panel Member

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators – ICSA, September 1, 2014

The role of the company secretary is being refocused, recalibrated and it is gaining greater prominence.

At a roundtable hosted by Governance + Compliance magazine in July, seven of the UK’s foremost governance professionals met to discuss the pivotal role of the company secretary.

NHS: Mervyn King on the Challenges Faced by NHS Boards

Charlie Helps: Author

The Governance Advisory Practice – DAC Beachcroft LLP, August 5, 2014

We highly recommend this video to anybody interested in governance, quality and risk in the NHS. Judge Mervyn King, a long-time friend of the late Nelson Mandela, speaks with deep commitment about the responsibilities of directors in the NHS, and the courage required to take difficult decisions in times of budgetary constraint.

Social Value in Birmingham 2014

Charlie Helps: Co-author

The Birmingham Social Value Hub, September 1, 2014

In the past 6 years there has been a seismic shift in the social innovation industry stemming from the financial crisis of 2008. Before the crisis things were best described as adequate with the Private Sector enjoying a burgeoning period with company stock market listings at an all time high.

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